Typical U.S. families get 19% of their income from sources other than their job: Shares of average household income attributed to wages, nonwage market income, and social insurance and means-tested transfers

Source of income Share of average household income
Wage income 81%
Nonwage market<br>income 9%
Social insurance and<br>means-tested transfers 10%

Notes: CBO publishes average incomes for four family types. We back out nonelderly households by removing elderly households from all households weighting by the shares of all households that are elderly in the middle quintile of the income distribution, ranked by market income. Nonelderly households are headed by a nonelderly householder and may include people of all ages. 

Source: EPI analysis of Congressional Budget Office, The Distribution of Household Income, 2019. 

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